Nantucket Outdoor Activities
There’s nothing quite like a day spent under the sun, in the salt spray, or on any one of our beautiful walking trails and bike paths. But with so many outdoor activities on Nantucket to choose from, how do you even begin to decide? If you’re only here for a week or so don’t fret- because we’ve narrowed them down to the best of the best.
While this popular spot is a bit of a hike from town, their brews are worth it. Grab your bike, pack a bag, and head down the Cisco bike path for a beautiful day sipping in the sun. Once you arrive at the brewery, grab one of their craft beers, a glass of frozen rosé, or a signature cocktail. Choose from the likes of the Figawi Wowi or the classic Blueberry Lemonade, made with blueberry vodka from Cisco’s very own Triple Eight Distillery. Listen to live music from the Cisco stage and munch on snacks from one of their many food trucks. Quesadillas from Madaket Millie’s are popular, as well as fries from the Nantucket Lobster Trap. If you’re feeling adventurous, try a bite from their newest food truck, Nantucket Poke!
Nantucket Land Bank & Conservation Foundation Properties
Nantucket boasts a vast expanse of conservation land full of walkable trails. Take your four legged friends for a stroll, or simply head out with a companion to enjoy some peace and quiet. A popular Nantucket Land Bank property is Codfish Park, with its charming ‘Sconset playground. Sanford Farms is one of their largest holdings with abundant grassy walking trails. The Nantucket Conservation Foundation, on the other hand, owns nearly 1/3 of Nantucket! This unspoiled land can be enjoyed throughout the island- from the sandy shores of Coatue to the windswept Milestone Cranberry Bog.
Miacomet Golf Club
This is the island’s only full 18-whole public golf facility, complete with a putting green and driving range. Spend the day on the course and kick your night off with the sunset on the beach- because the ocean is just a short skip away. The club is in the processes of building a new Club House. But they still serve three meals a day, as well as snacks, wine, and beer. So you’ll have no problem keeping your energy up as the day goes on! The Miacomet Golf Club also owns a facility in ‘Sconset. It’s worth checking out if you’re looking for cheaper green fees.
Nantucket Bike Tours
A more active alternative to the classic bus tour, Nantucket Bike Tours offers a great way to cover some ground and enjoy all the beauty Nantucket has to offer. Keep it simple with a 3-5 mile ride around Town, highlighting Steps Beach, the Lily Pond, and Brant Point Lighthouse. Or if you’re thirsty, choose their tour that ends at Cisco Brewery! Those looking for a longer ride will want to choose the “Spin to ‘Sconset”, a 20 mile ride which hits beaches, bluffs, and Sankaty Head Light.
Next Level Watersports
Want to go beyond a laid back sail or powerboat cruise? Next Level Watesports is a standout amount Nantucket outdoor activities. Next Level offers kiteboarding and wake boarding lessons, as well as tubing excursions! You can even try your hand at hydrofoiling on their elevated boards- learn behind a boat, then translate your foiling skills to kiteboarding or surfing.
Paddle Nantucket offers a host of options for those looking to get out on our island’s calm waters on a stand up board. Take their signature tour of Nantucket Harbor or enjoy a sunset paddle to First Point. If you’re apprehensive, try the beginners tour around our Salt Mart Creeks. Feeling adventurous? Try a SUP yoga class- traditional yoga is adapted for the board, allowing you to fully connect with the flow of the water beneath you. Private individual and group sessions are also available!
Nantucket has a rich history, rooted in the whaling industry, the Quaker faith, and her maritime past. So why not stop by and visit the historic sites dotted around the island? The Old Mill, the Oldest House, the Old Gaol, and the African Meeting House are all popular options. The Nantucket Historical Association offers guided tours of many of these properties, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in their story and charm. There’s no better way to explore the island and learn something new along the way!
Lisa Genthner: Born and raised on Nantucket, Lisa recently graduated from Dartmouth College, where she majored in neuroscience and minored in economics. She feels most at home on the water and loves the endless beauty and entertainment it provides. When she’s not assisting with marketing here at Fisher, you can find her working in the pottery studio. Or maybe catching a sunset from the beach!